Canon 28mm f/1.8 Video Review

I haven’t made a YouTube video for a while so I thought I’d make a quick review about the Canon 28mm f/1.8 prime. It’s a lens I enjoy using, so I thought I’d put my 2 cents on the lens out there :).

Here is another random shot I took while making this video :).

blog Sony VG20 video camera handycam sky - Rob Moses Photography - youtube video production Calgary Vancouver SeattleCamera: Canon 6D & 28mm 1.8 – Settings: 1/500th – f/4 – ISO 100

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

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19 Comments

  1. I like this lens for low light photography. I want to try it with some portraits to see how it performs, but I haven’t yet. A little concerned about that softness, but a lot of people swear by it for portraits.

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    1. I personally find 28mm to be an odd focal length for portraits. You could use this lens for portraits and the sharpness would not be an issue as long as you kept the person right in the centre, because right in the middle it’s good. Not my style, but I have seen some nice pictures like that.

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  2. I’m in a loud coffee shop and can’t hear the video, so please pardon if you covered this… 28mm is an interesting focal length to choose for video, how is it with perspective distortion?

    As to sharpness vs softness, I think some softness is okay in some circumstances. In my opinion, it’s a subjective value judgment and/or what fits an assignment. I once had an instructor get on me about sharpness for a portrait, but the print of it is hanging proudly in the subjects home along with a portrait sketch derivative that it inspired. So I suppose it really depends on who you ask.

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    1. I agree with you regarding the sharpness/softness thing. It honestly dose not bother me at all and I often shoot wide open with it. I would rather it was sharper, but it gets the job done haha.

      As for distortion, it’s not bad at all. I personally wouldn’t use it for a portrait of anything, but that’s just me. And as far as this lens for video, I haven’t used it for video yet, but from I have seen it seems to work well for such an application :).

      I wouldn’t pay $500 for this lens, but I’d say it’s worth $350 ;).

      Thanks for you comment and thoughts Paul.

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  3. Cool! Hey, did you use the yeti mikey on your camera? If so, how do you like it? I’m Thinking of getting one, we have the yeti blue, but for in the field, the mikey looks great! Sound was great on the video! Rock on, Moses!

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    1. Thank you Diana! Actually I did not use the Mikey and have not tried it out. I just used the mic that is built into the Sony VG20 that I filmed the video with. For the voice over parts I used at Rode Podcaster. For in the field audio I use a Tascam iM2 🙂 and I find it produces great sound!

      On a side note, I also have a Blue Yeti and find the sound to be good, but the Rode Podcaster mic is hands down better quality all around :). Do you have any videos on youtube? I will subscribe to your channel and check you out!

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  4. This is extremely informative! With me jumping back into photography after a ten plus year hiatus, I have SO MUCH TO LEARN! The thought of it is a little overwhelming but I am not going to stop. I can’t wait to upgrade my camera to a DSLR. I’m still using my point and shoot but can’t wait to have more leeway with a DSLR.

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